Course Dates

July 13 – Sept. 14 2024

Career Development

Instructed by Katherine Lam

10 Weeks · 23+ Live Classes · Advanced Level

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Turn Your Portfolio into a Career

Course Description
When you’re ready to strip away the veneer of life as an illustrator—to learn what’s really required for success and how to bring it—this is the course for you. Your instructor and mentor, Katherine Lam is one of the busiest illustrators in editorial and publishing. Katherine has a fresh and current perspective on how to find work and thrive as a professional illustrator. They will set you on the inside track and impart the tools and wisdom far beyond a high-gloss portfolio.

Career Development is designed to be taken multiple times by illustrators with an established portfolio, giving you the chance to hone your illustration skills, enhance your portfolio, and most importantly, propel yourself strategically towards the career you want.

Class Results
Students will walk away from this class with a more polished portfolio, and an enhanced voice and style unique to their work. Most importantly, students will learn how to apply their work to an industry of their choice, the art of running a business, networking with art directors, creating opportunities, and how to make a living as a working illustrator.

Key Takeaways From The 10 Week Course

  • How to leave a positive impression

  • Setting goals and tracking progress

  • Professional strategy

  • Developing skills for the career you want

  • Budgeting and managing your business

  • Building and designing your portfolio site

  • Continued development of your portfolio

Semester Dates

July 13 –  Sept. 14, 2024


10 weeks (23 Live Classes)

Live Classes

Saturdays, 10am – 1pm PT



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Course Outline

Meet the Class Instructor & Mentor Katherine Lam

One of 10 brilliant illustrators you should have on your radar – Creative Boom

Katherine Lam is an illustrator based in Brooklyn, NY. Their work stems from the realization that our emotions taint our reality and focuses on creating spaces that mirror our psychological state. While their work is grounded in reality, they strive to instill a sense of surrealism and limen in their images.

Their work has been in 3×3, Society of Illustrators, AI-AP, Communication Arts, Applied Arts, and Creative Quarterly. They have been featured in Photoshop Creative 166.

Selected clients include Criterion Collection, The New York Times, New Yorker, Mondo, Folio Society, Chronicle, Rolling Stone, and Entertainment Weekly.


Learn from Top-tier Guest Artists

Seven world-renowned artists and directors visit this class every semester. Gain access to their craft, process, and industry wisdom.



Assignment: Final Portfolio Art

Throughout this 10-week long course, you will create and refine finished work that is worthy of a career-ready portfolio. The focus and purpose of the finished work from this class is determined by your personal goals and industry of interest.

Student Work

What makes this Mentorship unique?

As a mentorship student, you will gain access to a vast wealth of resources to better your understanding and improve your skills. You will be paired with a high-caliber professional, who will be with you every step of the way.

Live Classes

Every class is delivered live and is fully interactive with lectures, demos, critiques, and guest speakers. Consider this your front row seat.

Connect on Discord

laptop image of zoom art class for illustrators and concept artists

Study Hall

guest speaker events with comic book artist, Afua Richardsons

Guest Speakers

Student Testimonials

This course not only gave me a much better understanding of the industry and how I fit into it, it also helped me find my distinct artistic voice.
Esteban SanchezCareer Development StudentView Esteban’s Portfolio
The program’s instructors are not only in the top 5% of American illustrators working today but are the most generous, thoughtful, caring and helpful instructors I have ever had. Each instructor takes his/her time with each student’s work, offering detailed, specific, clear and entirely useful commentary, all of which is crafted toward each students’ goals. Comments are always honest and direct, while ensuring students are made to feel valued, relevant and understood. They truly care about the progress of each of us. Additionally, everyone is treated with equal consideration. The quality of the teaching here exceeds anything I experienced in my MFA program. This program has made me feel motivated, energized and in love with the business of illustration.
Robyn StoneCareer Development Student

Payment Installments Available

Even though our courses are the best value, with the high caliber instruction and personalized mentoring, there are finance options available to make the mentorship program financially possible for as many artists as possible. Select Shop Pay or Affirm at checkout to view options.

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